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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

America's Soul

Alarm bells should be going off in your heart and mind! The events that are taking place around our nation are frightening, to say the least.

You no doubt have heard or read about the young woman who is a graduate student at Augusta State University in Georgia that has run afoul of the school administration. She is working on her master’s degree in School Counseling. The administration has now declared that she will be dropped from the program unless she recants her Christian views concerning homosexuality. It seems that in class, and outside of class, the young woman, Jennifer Keeton, has openly shared her “Christian ethical convictions on matters of human sexuality and gender identity.” This has placed her in the cross-hairs of the elite liberal faculty.

A lawsuit is in the works. No surprise here. However, the faculty wants Miss Keeton to atone for her sins by having her “take part in a remediation plan due to faculty concerns regarding her beliefs pertaining to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.” It has been suggested that she gain sensitivity by attending a “Gay Pride” event. The suit goes on to say that Miss Keeton has stated that she believes sexual behavior is the “result of accountable personal choice rather than an inevitability deriving from deterministic forces.” Allow me to clarify: She is saying that people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are choosing to live this way, instead of seeing such a lifestyle as being determined by birth. The suit goes on to aver that she “has affirmed binary male-female gender, with one or the other being fixed in each person at their creation.” Well, imagine that! A Christian who believes what the Bible says about God making them male and female!

So why have I worked up a lather on this? Because it is the continuing degradation of Christians and the Christian faith in America. I’ll guarantee you that no such action would be taken against similar views held by a Muslim student in that school. You don’t want to know what Muslims do to those who are not heterosexual!

At the same time this story comes out I am reading a book by Jerry Newcombe, entitled, “The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation.”

Newcombe had collaborated with Dr. D. James Kennedy in writing several books about our Christian heritage as a nation. Dr. Kennedy, former pastor of the Coral Gables (Florida) Presbyterian Church, passed away in 2007.

Consider this quote from Dr. Kennedy addressing our nation’s Christian roots: “The Scripture states, ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom He hath chosen for His inheritance.’ The Bible asks, ‘If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ (Psalm 11:3) There is no doubt this is, indeed, a nation built upon the foundation of God – that the Lord was the God of this nation; that it was founded upon the principles of God’s Word, upon the teachings of Christianity, and for the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ. All of that has been under enormous attack for the last few decades. In fact, so effective has been that attack that the historical revisionists have all but removed every vestige of our Christian heritage from our schools’ textbooks. Even the very monuments in the nation’s capital that point to the Christian origins of this country are being changed or removed. My subject: ‘America: A Christian Nation.’ That is a concept that has been so systematically blotted from the collective memory of this country as to sound in the ears of most people in America to be an alien philosophy, an intrusion of religion into the tranquility of a secular nation.”

Now reflect on these words of George Washington, written shortly after the Constitution was ratified on June 29, 1788: “No one can rejoice more than I do at every step the people of this great Country take to preserve the Union, establish good order of government, and to render the Nation happy at home and respectable abroad. No Country upon Earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means, and depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to, so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass. The Great Governor of the Universe has led us too long and too far on the road to happiness and glory, to forsake us in the midst of it. By folly and improper conduct, proceeding from a variety of causes, we may now and then get bewildered; but I hope and trust that there is good sense and virtue enough left to recover the right path before we shall be entirely lost.”

Miss Keeton may well be expelled from this Georgia school for holding to her Christian views, or she may cave to the demands of the institution so she can earn a tainted degree. Hers is merely another example of the soul of America being lost in the whirlwind of secular demands from a nation that has lost its spiritual moorings.

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

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